About STEi  /  Board of Governors

Michael Chen


COL. (Ret) Chen completed 33 years of service with the Singapore Navy. He attained a BA (with Honours) from the National University of Singapore and was awarded a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from La Trobe University, Melbourne.

COL. (Ret) Chen attended various management courses conducted by Kennedy School of Government, Harvard and National University of Singapore.

As the Consultant for Asia Development Bank, International Maritime Organisation and International Labour Organisation, COL. (Ret) Chen provided consultancy and training in Thailand, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Francis Wee


Capt. Francis Wee is a graduate of the Singapore Polytechnic Nautical Studies Department. He obtained his COC1, Singapore in 1979. Capt. Wee is an experienced Deck officer and master of merchant ships. He served on various types of NOL vessels including container ship, roll on roll off vessel, product tankers, crude oil tankers and general cargo vessels. He left NOL in 1981 after his service as Master on board MV Neptune Emerald, a container ship. After leaving NOL he joined the Marine Department, the Maritime Administration of Singapore as a marine surveyor. He was promoted to Assistant Director (Nautical), during his tenure at the Marine Department.

At the Marine Department, he supervises the examination of sea-going deck officers, investigate shipping casualties and contraventions of safety regulations, co-ordinate maritime search and rescue operations. Capt. Wee, was the Singapore Head of delegation for the revision of the STCW 78 Convention. He represented Singapore at various IMO meeting during the revision phase up to the final Conference in 1995. After the setting up of the Maritime and Port Authority in Feb 1996, Capt Wee was posted to the International Department, Policy Division as its Assistant Director, (International). At the Policy Division, Capt. Wee looks after the technical issues in sea transport in its dealings with international/regional organisations such as the IMO, ASEAN, APEC on maritime training matters, safety of navigation and IMO conventions. He also looks after UNCLOS on navigational safety issues.

In Aug 1997, was appointed concurrently as Senior Assistant Director (Nautical), Shipping Division. Capt Wee headed the Nautical Department to assist the Director of Shipping in the planning, organisation and implementation of activities of the Nautical Department. As the SAD (Nautical), Capt. Wee was the Chief Examiner for Master and Mates, and Head of the Maritime Investigating Unit. In January 2001, Capt. Wee was posted to the Training Division as its Deputy Director. Capt Wee was tasked to set up the Integration Simulation Centre (ISC) located at the Singapore Polytechnic as its project director. Capt. Wee retired from service in the Maritime and Port Authority on 17 Feb 2008. He is currently the senior adviser for Wavelink Maritime International; The training arm of Wavelink Academy.

John Young


Mr. John C. H Young with extensive senior management experience in the hospitality industry and graduated from the University of Cornell, USA. He has spent a total of 25 years with the Shangri-la Hotel Group.

From being the first Singaporean Resident Manager of a large international hotel, Mr Young added feathers to his cap with a further 15 years’ of experience at the Corporate Office of Shangri-la International Hotel Management Ltd in Hong Kong where he held regional and corporate positions, including eight years as a Regional Vice President.

In 2000, he was appointed as Executive Director, to the Board of Shangri-la Asia Ltd, a Hong Kong listed holding company, owner of Shangri-la hotels and parent of the management company.

Mark Radford


Dr. Radford has extensive consulting and leadership experience in both the academic and commercial worlds, and has held key roles in a number of companies. Most recently, Dr Radford was the CEO and MD of Symbiosis Group Limited, a Life-Sciences investment, management and development company.

Previously Dr. Radford was Professor of Behavioural at Hokkaido University (Japan).

Dr. Radford has also been Director Asia-Pacific Region for an international consulting firm based in Singapore providing consulting advice to Fortune 500 companies around the world.

Dr. Radford received his Ph.D. from the Flinders University of South Australia, and his Doctor of Medicine from Nagasaki University School of Medicine, Japan. He is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.

Toh Ser Khoon


Mr Toh Ser Khoon is currently the Deputy Director of School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering as well as Department of Organisation Development both at Singapore Polytechnic (SP).

Mr Toh was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) by the President of Singapore at National Day 2008 for his public education contributions and service. Mr Toh received Mr Koh Boon Hwee Scholarship Award (Nanyang Technological University) – Certificate of Honour from the President of Singapore in July 2010, in recognition of his influence of inspirational teaching, and the enduring bonds that are forged between him and his students.

Mr Toh has recently been awarded the PS 21 Certificate of Recognition in recognizing his contributions as outstanding activist in leading and driving ExCEL movement in his organization through the many organisational development initiatives launched in his capacity as Deputy Director (DD) of Organisation Development on top of his teaching responsibilities and management role also as a DD in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE).

Mr Toh started his higher education teaching career back in 1991. Till today, teaching has always been regarded as his passion and one of the most privileged and noble profession one can ever be called upon to serve. His teaching and research interests in recent years have been in the areas of Aircraft Electronics, Robotics & Control and Industrial Electronics.